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Staffordshire bus service improvement plan

In March 2021, Central Government published its National Bus Strategy - Bus Back Better - which aims to improve bus services in England. It recognises that many measures to improve bus services are best designed and delivered at a local level.

The Staffordshire Enhanced Partnership comprises the County Council and bus operators. It works collectively towards shared aims and actions to improve the county’s bus services and ultimately, to help deliver the aims of the National Bus Strategy. In October 2021, in collaboration with the Enhanced Partnership, the County Council, published Staffordshire’s first Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP).

Early in 2024, Central Government asked that all BSIPs be revised to include:

  1. Updated baselines at 2023/24 levels.
  2. A 2024/25 programme for bus service improvements.
  3. Actions to improve bus services in the short-term (i.e. up to 2029).
  4. Proposals for improving bus services in the long-term (i.e. up to 2050).

Delivering the new BSIP is dependent on available funding, the delivery of related schemes, key decisions being made, and the readiness of bus operators. It is a live document that will be continually reviewed in light of additional data and insight, new funding streams, bus operators’ business plans, and advances in technology.

Staffordshire's new BSIP can be viewed below:

Staffordshire Bus Service Improvement Plan (13.8 MB)

  • Appendix A (231 KB) - Cabinet Report
  • Appendix B (320 KB) - Geographical area
  • Appendix C (2 MB) - Capability to Achieve Sustainable Travel
  • Appendix D (2 MB) - Operator Weekly Mileage
  • Appendix E (373 KB) - Breakdown of Staffordshire's Bus Services
  • Appendix F (6 MB) - Bus Stop Accessibility
  • Appendix G (1 MB) - Bus Stop Information and Infrastructure Design Guide
  • Appendix H (6 MB) - Bus Stop Patronage Levels
  • Appendix I (15 MB) - Bus Journey Time Reliability
  • Appendix J (175 KB) - Structure Chart 

The agreement of the Staffordshire Enhanced Partnership can be viewed below:

Enhanced Partnership June 2024 (1006 KB)


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